It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Now that holiday shopping season has officially begun, expect long lines and mob scenes at your favorite department stores. In New York, shoppers have flocked to favorites like Macy's and Loehmann's for decades.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Now that holiday shopping season has officially begun, expect long lines and mob scenes at your favorite department stores. In New York, shoppers have flocked to favorites like Macy's and Loehmann's for decades.

Women move in on merchandise at the sale counter at Lord & Taylor.

Christmas shopping, 1960 - Photos - Buying Time: Christmas shopping in New York City

This quartet of holiday shoppers braved the falling flakes at William and Broad Sts. in Newark, circa 1945.

Christmas shopping, 1945 - Photos - Buying Time: Christmas shopping in New York City

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